Cleaning Up Messes

It’s January and it’s time to clean up lingering messes in my life.  How I think and feel reflects itself in my home and surroundings so disorganization on the inside is disorganization on the outside!  Cleaning up unfinished business gives me space and time to welcome in the new year and auf wiedersehen the old!  My new badge of honor will be stackable goals and a perfectly executed underwear drawer!

In the confusion of my youth, I couldn’t find squat in my apartment.  When I needed a lousy piece of tape to put my positive affirmations on the wall, I’d waste 20 minutes looking through 20 drawers and find everything BUT the tape!  I’d end up in such a foul mood; I’d rip up the affirmations while chanting words that should never be chanted.

I have graduated into a higher level of organization now but I still find myself with some tidying to do.  The old “I’m too busy to take care of it ‘cause I’m running around handling my sh*t so I can finally sit down and watch some Netflix” is not going to cut it.  I need to read the boring Life Insurance policy I’ve thrown in the drawer and take back the too expensive dress I bought because I was experiencing “feelings”.

I mean, I’m a fairly organized person and I’ve done this before, TRUST, but I seem to have missed a few obvious “throw-aways” during previous purges.  How do I have Blue Shield papers from procedures my now deceased husband (sign of the cross) had 7 years ago? Why am I holding onto Target receipts for things I’ve already broken?  Do I need birthday cards from people I didn’t like in 1998 or now?

One of the brain’s failings in organizing our lives is its penchant to dwell on incompletion.  When we don’t finish a project, make a decision or address a situation that needs attention, our brain subconsciously keeps it in the reminder queue.  This creates stress and decreases our ability to focus.  We need to get everything out of our head and onto paper, a tablet, phone or some poor fool.  For me, this relieves anxiety and gives me better hair days.

When confronting our disorderliness, we also have to remember that messes are not just confined to closets and drawers. They can be more abstract than stuff.   I have a friend that I should contact more often because he’s going through a tough time.  I know I need to pay attention to him regularly so he feels how important he is to me.  My sister and I haven’t talked much in the last few years.  Though she’s 2,500 miles away and doesn’t really seem to like me, I’m going to let her know that I value her as a family member!

Tackling my messes one by one makes me feel a little lighter and gives me a sense of power over my life.  Cleared space, inside and out, makes room for something brand new. Let’s make 2015 a year to release the old and bring something fresh into our lives!

As Tony Robbins says “If you talk about it, it’s a dream, if you envision it, it’s possible, but if you schedule it, it’s real.”

I’m scheduling an abundant and happy 2015!

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